Developed just before the outbreak of the Second World War, the Douglas SBD Dauntless was the US Navy's primary dive bomber throughout the opening salvos of the War. Entering service prior to Pearl Harbor, it was the Dauntless that struck back at the Japanese fleet at both the battle of the Coral Sea and Midway. Also finding service over Guadalcanal, the Dauntless continued to be used against various Japanese targets. By the end of the war the Dauntless had sunk more Japanese shipping that any other aircraft. It was the first US Navy plane to sink an enemy ship, a Japanese sub, in WWII just days after Pearl Harbour.
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